It has been more than 6 months since the first case of COVID-19 infection was reported in the city of Wuhan in China. Since then, more than 22 million people have been infected with the virus worldwide, and 780,000 have died as a result of the disease. In Croatia, the first case was recorded at the end of February, and since then a total of 7,594 people have been infected in Croatia, and 169 have died (for updated data, see here: https://www.koronavirus.hr/en).
The virus is still among us and it is still unknown how long humanity will fight it. Everyday life has changed and continues to change day by day. Every day we receive new instructions on how to behave and new measures are introduced to combat the virus. We bring you new information about the current situation in Croatia!
Situation in Croatia
In the last few days, the number of infected people in Croatia is growing rapidly. In the last 24 hours, 265 new persons were infected (data from August 21, downloaded from www.koronavirus.hr/en).
Therefore, the question is whether Croatia is a safe destination for travel. The epidemiological situation in Croatia is under control with fewer active cases than other Mediterranean destinations. The Croatian Tourism Association (HUT) has developed a useful interactive map with marked active Covid-19 cases divided into 4 regions: North Coast (Istria and Kvarner); South Coast (Dalmatia), Central Croatia (Zagreb and surroundings) and Eastern Croatia to make it easier for all travelers to plan a trip.
Due to increasing numbers, some countries have decided to include Croatia on the list of so-called “risky countries”. Slovenia and the United Kingdom decided that their citizens coming from Croatia must self isolate for 14 days.
Austria has also put Croatia on the list of countries at risk, and their citizens cannot enter the country without a negative coronavirus test. Germany and Belgium have restrictions only for certain counties, namely Split-Dalmatia and Šibenik-Knin counties for Germany and Vukovar-Srijem, Brod-Posavina, Osijek-Baranja, Split-Dalmatia counties and the City of Zagreb for Belgium.
Cases of COVID-19 have been reported in all counties in the last week. The largest number of new cases in the continental part of Croatia is in the City of Zagreb, and on the coast in the Split-Dalmatia County and Šibenik-Knin County. Coronavirus outbreaks in Croatia have been brought under control, and the functioning of the health care system or some other economic sector, i.e public service, has not been suspended.
The online form Enter Croatia allows visitors to enter all the necessary information before traveling to Croatia in order to speed up border crossing when entering the country. All passengers are advised to complete the form before arrival. All visitors who fill in the online form will receive e-mail instructions containing epidemiological guidelines and information on currently measures for Croatian visitors.
The site is currently available in eleven languages, including English, Croatian, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Slovenian, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak and Czech.
Current epidemiological measures
Epidemiological measures like physical distance, hand hygiene and disinfection are still in place. Also, it is mandatory to wear face masks or medical masks indoors and to all health employees, employees of social care and employees in catering facilities.
The Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia has decided to limit the working hours of catering facilities. Night clubs, night bars, disco bars, coffee bars, etc. are allowed to work up to midnight.
Situation in Zadar
Since 17 August Austria and Italy issued a warning to anyone traveling to Croatia, Falkensteiner hotels in Zadar provided free coronavirus testing for their guests from Austria and Italy before returning to their homeland. See more at: https://www.falkensteiner.com/en/corona.
If you would like or are required to take the Covid-19 test while in Zadar, visit the Zadar Public Health Institute website at the link here.